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September 9, 2009

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Secretary Linda McCulloch Unveils New “Treasured” Montana Artist

Secretary McCulloch presents a certificate of achievement to artist Shaila Sorenson.

Secretary McCulloch presents a certificate of achievement to artist Shaila Sorenson.

HELENA – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch today introduced Shaila Sorenson, of Bozeman, as the next “Treasured” Montana Artist. As McCulloch unveiled Sorenson’s artwork in the front lobby of the Secretary of State’s Office, she reminded the crowd that she personally selects each artist based on their talent and creativity.

“Shaila is diversely talented, so selecting just one theme for her exhibit was difficult,” said McCulloch. “After much consideration, I chose her ‘Butterfly’ series, because the beautiful colors remind me of fall.”

McCulloch launched the “Treasured” Montana Artist exhibit in January to showcase the diversity of artists in the Treasure State. Sorenson is the third person to achieve the distinguished recognition.

“For me, creating art is magical. When I’m working, I feel I’m transported to a private inner-world where magic reigns. My creative process draws partly from observations of the physical world and partly from tapping into this inner, imaginary world,” said Sorenson.

Sorenson is the sole proprietor of Dancing Moonbeam Art. In addition to printmaking, she specializes in pottery, sculpture, storytelling illustration and collage work.

“Shaila’s passion for the fine arts is reflected in each of her pieces. Printmaking is a delicate process, and I’m confident folks will appreciate the beauty of this exhibit,” said McCulloch.

Shaila’s artwork will be on display in the Secretary of State’s office through the end of December. The exhibit is available at no cost to the public. People interested in purchasing the artwork can contact Shaila Sorenson directly at sksoren@yahoo.com.